Last week, my friend and former partner-in-podcasting, Erin, met in New York City to record a reunion episode of our podcast, Manic Mommies. Having retired over a year ago, we weren’t sure what we would say (or be comfortable sharing), or even if we remembered how to turn on the microphone!
Happily, it felt like old times as we shared updates on our kids, our husbands and our lives – with some things changing significantly, and others not at all (I’m looking at you dear husband of mine).
As with any reunion, be it for high school, college, or other significant stage of your life, the recording was bittersweet. We reflected on how, since hanging up the mike, we haven’t spoken nearly as frequently as we had over the past 10 years, and the importance geography, circumstance and timing play in any friendship.
There is a Girl Scout song that I think of often when I consider the comings and goings of friends . . . “make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.”
Since we closed the book on Manic Mommies (how many ways can I say “retired?”), I have been lucky to have a few new, very dear friends, enter my life. Each brings me joy, gives me support, lends an ear, shares advice, and enriches my life, and I hope I do the same for them.
But that doesn’t mean that my friendship with Erin, while changed, has ended. While I was reminded during our last visit how much I miss seeing and speaking with her, I was also reassured by how easily we slipped into our conversation – Reminding me of the rest of the song. . . “a circle is round, it has no end, that’s how long you’ll be my friend.”
Thank you to all of the Manic Mommies who contributed to my Pan-Mass Challenge ride. Reconnecting with this amazing community has been humbling, gratifying and overwhelming. It’s to you, we dedicate our Reunion Show. Download the MP3.
IMPORTANT: The reunion podcast will be available for a limited time. On April 19, 2016, the link to the show will expire.